The North West Co., Inc.
The North West Co., Inc. is a retailer to underserved rural communities and urban neighborhood markets in the regions, including northern Canada, western Canada, rural Alaska, the South Pacific islands and the Caribbean. Its stores offer a broad range of products and services with an emphasis on food. It operates through two segments: Canadian and International Operations. The Canadian operations segment includes 121 Northern stores, offering a combination of food, financial services and general merchandise to remote northern Canadian communities; 31 Giant Tiger junior discount stores, offering family fashion, household products and food to urban neighborhoods and larger rural centers in western Canada; 7 NorthMart stores, targeted at larger northern markets with an emphasis on an expanded selection of fresh foods, fashion and health products and services; 13 Quickstop convenience stores, offering readyto eat foods, fuel and related services; 1 Valu Lots discount center and direct to customer food distribution outlet for remote communities in Canada; 1 Solo Market store, targeted at less remote, rural markets; 1 NorthMart Drug Store, a stand alone pharmacy and convenience store combination; Crescent Multi Foods, a distributor of produce and fresh meats to independent grocery stores in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and northwestern Ontario; 2 North West Company Fur Marketing outlets, trading in furs and offering Aboriginal handicrafts and authentic Canadian heritage products; and The Inuit Art Marketing Service, distributes Inuit art. The International Operations segment includes 30 AC Value Centers, stores similar to Northern and NorthMart, offering a combination of food and general merchandise to communities across remote and rural regions of Alaska; 3 Quickstop convenience stores within rural Alaska; Pacific Alaska Wholesale, a distributor to independent grocery stores and individual households in rural Alaska; 13 Cost-U-Less offering discount food and general merchandise products to island communities in the South Pacific and the Caribbean; and 1 Island Fresh Supermarket, offering convenience with an emphasis on fresh and prepared foods. The company was founded in 1779 and is headquartered in Winnipeg, Canada.